Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It's the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike (Unabridged) - Julie Gianelloni Connor

Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It's the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike (Unabridged)

By Julie Gianelloni Connor

  • Release Date: 2020-10-08
  • Genre: Travel & Adventure
  • © 2020 Bayou City Press

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Summary : Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It's the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike (Unabridged)

Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It’s the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike focuses on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage trail that began around AD 820. A resurrection of interest in the Camino since the 1970s has meant that more than 300,000 individuals are nowadays undertaking the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain each year.

Kings and paupers, saints and sinners have all made this pilgrimage over the centuries. The movie The Way with Martin Sheen chronicled a journey along the French route from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, a journey of some 500 miles. The author also followed the French route. Her book incorporates a blog and travel journal she kept during that pilgrimage and has chapters explaining how and why she decided to make the pilgrimage.

Savoring the Camino is also a practical guide to the Camino for those interested in it. While the prevailing culture of the Camino is to walk the route, Ms. Connor believes that walking is not the only way to undertake the Camino. Taking buses, taxis, or even driving are also valid ways to experience the Camino, in her opinion.

She advocates pilgrims to slow down and savor the pilgrimage by stopping in churches, cathedrals, museums, and interesting towns and cities along the route. Not everyone experiences spiritual or personal growth through the act of walking; Ms. Connor urges pilgrims to take the trip in the manner that will most connects them with their spiritual, religious, and transcendent well springs.

After completing the pilgrimage, the author journeyed on to Madrid and Toledo, and there are chapters in the book covering those visits. Ms. Connor also recounts activities following the journey related to the Camino, such as writing an open letter to relevant governmental authorities in Spain and hosting a thank-you dinner in Houston for those who helped her plan and organize her pilgrimage. She reflects on the meaning of the pilgrimage.

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